Summer Reads
10:45 pm
Sun August 3, 2014

Marie Manilla's 'The Patron Saint of Ugly'

Credit Houghton Mifflin Harcourt


For many people, summer is a time to get lost in literature. And this year, Huntington author Marie Manilla’s new book, The Patron Saint of Ugly is ending up on many summer reading lists. The story is set in a fictional West Virginia town, and most of it is told in the form of transcripts of archived tapes.

Manilla's lead character, Garnet Ferrari, is believed to possess magical healing powers. Her bright red hair and port-wine stains all over her body lead pilgrims from all over the world to seek help through her supposed powers. Yet, Garnet is dead set on dispelling rumors of her abilities, blurring the lines between fact and fiction--furthering the mystery of who she might be.

Culture and History
2:33 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

W.Va. Author Tells Stories that Come 'Out of Peel Tree'

Laura Long interacts with her audience at a recent reading of her book, Out of Peel Tree.
Credit Chip Hitchcock / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

There’s a new novel out from a West Virginia native about a place that’s very special to her. The book is a collection of family stories about life in Appalachia. 

Laura Long lives in Charlottesville, Virginia now but she grew up in West Virginia. She recalls going to visit her grandmother while traveling from Buckhannon to Clarksburg. Her grandmother lived near a place called Peel Tree. She says the image of that place stayed with her for years, until she was ready to write her first novel.

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Affrilachian Influence
8:14 am
Tue April 29, 2014

New Anthology of Appalachian Writers to Be Released

Frank X Walker
Credit Eliza Griffiths

Fans of Appalachian literature will have another reason to celebrate as volume six of Shepherd University’s Anthology of Appalachian Writers is set to be released by the end of April.

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5:06 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

New Book Examines the Impact of 'Hippie Homesteaders'

Joe Chasnoff, 1975
Joe Chasnoff

They’re known as the hippie homesteaders. People who moved to West Virginia in the late 1960s and 1970s to live off of the land. Some considered themselves as hippies, but others just wanted to leave urban environments for rural America.

A new book by Carter Taylor Seaton, Hippie Homesteaders: Arts, Crafts, Music and Living on the Land in West Virginia, examines the impact these people had on West Virginia. 

 You can find out more about this book at this website.

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History & Culture
2:10 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Forgotten Black Poets of WWI Era Featured on New Website

Jean Barnes Peters talks to WVU Professors Dr. Joel Beeson and Dana Coester in 2010 at the opening of the Soldiers of the Coalfields exhibit at the Kimball War Memorial.
Credit A.J. Lawson / WVU School of Journalism

The nation’s first and only building memorializing African American veterans of WWI is located in Kimball, W.Va. and Thursday evening a celebration of Black History Month will take place there that highlights the work of two previously unrecognized poets from the era.

The two poets were sisters from Beckley who at age 17 and 18 attended the West Virginia Colored Institute, which is now West Virginia State College. An 83 page hard back book featuring their poetry was published in 1919.

Discovering the Book

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10:41 am
Mon December 30, 2013

W.Va. Courthouses are Living Monuments to Democracy

Wirt County Courthouse
The Walkabout Company, Wheeling, W. Va W. Va. Association of Counties

The Wood County Courthouse, the Wetzel County Courthouse and the Kanawha County Courthouse look strikingly similar.  Each are tan stone block buildings with deep red roofs built in the Richardsonian Romanesque style popular in the 1890's and 1910's when they were designed and constructed.  That's just one thing you'll learn when browsing through the pictures of a new book about West Virginia's courthouses.  "West Virginia's Living Monuments: The Courthouses" is a product of the West Virginia Association of Counties and was just published this year.

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Inside Appalachia
7:00 am
Sat December 21, 2013

Solving Acid Mine Drainage, W.Va. Music Hall of Fame Revisited, Resilient Land and More

There are some innovative ideas in Pennsylvania for cleaning acid mine drainage.

We revisit the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Some resilient West Virginia land is saved from development.

And Way Out in West Virginia goes mobile.

Acid Mine Drainage and Fracking: Abandoned mines leach metals and other pollutants into Pennsylvania's streams. Could fracking be one way to clean up this water? Reid Frazier, of The Allegheny Front, reports.

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9:54 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Book of ghost stories from Berkeley Springs writer lands in time for Halloween

John Douglas
Credit Submitted Photo / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Today is All Hallows Eve, or Halloween, which traces its roots to Gaelic culture when it was believed on this day the boundaries between the living and dead overlap.

It's also a great day to read a ghost story, which is why Berkeley Springs writer John Douglas made sure his new book, A Fog of Ghosts: Haunted Tales and Odd Pieces, was published this month.

Douglas is the former editor of the Morgan Messenger newspaper and he started writing ghost stories in the mid 1970’s. Every year he’d pen one for the paper’s Halloween edition.

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2:36 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Inside Appalachia- Oct. 26, 2013

WVU competes in 'jack and jill' cross cut competition.
Credit Brian Allen / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Kentucky prepares to introduce new science education standards.

A report on the effects of natural gas fracking is due out soon.

And we hear from two West Virginia writers with books out just in time for the spooky season.

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New Book
3:43 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Stories from the Lost River Valley

Tom Cogill, photographer, Jamie Ross, writer, and Nancy Ailes, Cacapon and Lost River Land Trust president, gather in Wardensville to celebrate the release of the book Listening to the Land.
Credit Cecelia Mason / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Stories and photographs from the Cacapon and Lost River Valley are featured in a book just released by West Virginia University Press.

Listening to the Land features the stories of several owners throughout the watershed who have chosen to preserve their land through the Cacapon and Lost River Land Trust.

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1:50 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Inside Appalachia- Oct. 19, 2013

Listening to the Land, is a book about the Cacapon River Valley.
Credit Cecelia Mason / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

A new Kentucky café caters to Alzheimer’s patients and their families.

Arts and Culture provide economic development in one Kentucky county.

A new book profiles one of West Virginia’s most picturesque river valleys.

And ink lovers turn out for the first WV tattoo expo.

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1:43 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

West Virginians are encouraged to read Kentucky Poet Laureate’s book

Frank X. Walker

The West Virginia Library Commission is hoping folks across the state will read Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X. Walker’s book Affrilachia.  The book is this year’s choice for the One Book, One West Virginia program.

During an appearance at the Martinsburg Berkeley County Public Library Wednesday morning Walker read Clifton 1, the first poem in the book. It tells the story of Walker and his father visiting Clifton, Ky., where his father grew up.

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Books & Film
12:55 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Former W.Va. reporter sparks national interest in 'The Butler'

Former Charleston Gazette reporter Wil Haygood uncovered the story of Eugene Allen, a White House butler who worked under eight presidencies. Haygood was covering the 2008 presidential campaign for The Washington Post when he discovered Allen's story. It has since been developed into a major motion picture and Haygood has written a book about Allen.
Credit Courtesy Photo

In most cases, a novel or biography inspires a film. But for journalist and author Wil Haygood, the sequence has been dramatically different.  A November 7th, 2008 article by Haygood in The Washington Post inspired the Lee Daniels film The Butler and then Haygood went back to write the book, The Butler: A Witness to History.            

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